The Diplomat’s Walk in the Small Infinite: In 2017, departing from Isabelle Stengers’ conceptual figure of the diplomat, I initiated an exchange with artist Camila Sposati, on our view of the connections between our two countries—Portugal and Brazil. From this exchange, I initiated a reading of philosopher’s José Gil’s book “Portugal, Today: The Fear of Existing”, in which Gil explores the historical reasons for Portugal’s non-inscription. I took on the reading of this book through a practice, that of translating it into English, allowing for a very particular form of inhabitation of Gil’s words. This is the departing point to a presentation at Manifold in Amsterdam (April 2018), followed by a residency focused on exploring the botanical relations between Portugal and Brazil. Manifold invites makers to develop a proposal between books and a space; I am proposing Stengers’ “Cosmopolitics II,” “Making Memory Matter” by Lisa Saltzman and creating a book that transports a wall of Manifold into a publication through a “literal” process of re-inscription.
Practices of Re-inscription: Shaping an Essay: This project centers around the Monument to Colonial Effort in Porto, aiming to develop an artistic research process focused on shaping a critical essay. My aim is to explore practices of research, experimentation and critic that stimulate the re-inscription of the monument to the Portuguese Colonial Effort (Located in the “Square of the Empire” in Porto, Portugal) in the space of the city and in public debate, considering the materiality of the object, the performativity of a critical process, as well as the history of its construction and allocation. The final result of the project is the writing and publication of an essay, but with the contribution of a series of practices, namely: historical research; co-habitation and creation of casts of the monument; a speculative workshop departing from the research and casts created. In this way, the project seeks to develop an exercise in decolonizing perspectives on the monument and its colonial past from a situated, participated and positive position.
Amstelpark, participating in Exploded Views: The Amstelpark was created as part of the Floriade exhibition of 1972, a horticultural exhibition extending over 700.000 square meters. When the Floriade ended, part of the amenities and infrastructures of the exhibition were sold in an auction, and the remaining part originated the Amstelpark. Presently, 45 years since the exhibition, the Amstelpark works towards keeping the initial conceptualization of the park in place—respecting its shape during the floriade. This staging of a design idea over the period of 4 decades is provocative of new relations between a design and its context, due to the inevitable transformation of political, economic, social and cultural constructs over time, to Nature’s natural evolution, to how the park is and has been used and perceived. In this way, the idea behind this project is to trace the lives of one or two of the materials sold in the auction in 1972, learning about their lives beyond the context of the Floriade, to bring these “stories” to the context of the Amstelpark, researching new readings and perspectives.